Edmonton police charge 2 men after series of cannabis store robberies

Jan 22 2020, 10:57 am

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has arrested two suspects in relation to a string of cannabis store robberies and are still searching for a third suspect.

According to police, on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at approximately 11:40 pm, Southeast Division officers responded to a report of a robbery at a cannabis retailer in the area of 69 Street and 76 Avenue.

It was reported to police that an unknown male entered the business and threatened a staff member with a weapon before fleeing the premises with cash, cannabis, and related products.

Since then, three similar robberies involving the same primary suspect took place at other cannabis retailers across the city, including a retailer in the area of 101 Avenue and 175 Street on Thursday, December 12, 2019; a retailer in the area of Mark Messier Trail and Mistatim Way on Sunday, December 29, 2019; and, most recently, a retailer in the area of 97 Street and 39 Avenue on Monday, January 6, 2020.

“In each of these cases, the primary suspect male was reportedly accompanied by a different male accomplice and after threatening staff with a weapon and in some cases assaulting them, cash, cannabis and related products were taken. The suspects then fled the scene,” said a release from EPS.

After receiving numerous tips from the public, the primary male suspect, 39-year-old John Wayne Anderson, and one of his male accomplices, 30-year-old Jason Denis Catt, were arrested and are now facing a total of 60 combined charges.

Police are continuing to search for the third suspect and ask anyone with information to contact EPS.

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